corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.
The nose on this beer is absolutely fantastic. Just bursting through with a ton of tropical and citrus fruit along with some slight earthy pine, pale malt and sweet booze. Lots of mango and pineapple as well as some grapefruit and lemon peel. One of the best smelling IPAs I’ve encountered.
This beer looks great and smells incredible but unfortunately the flavor falls way off. The citrus and tropical fruit notes are there but anywhere near as prominent as the aroma suggests. More bitter and earthy than expected with piny/soily flavor but not overly dry. Also, it is very hot and the strong booze component kills the best of the hop flavor. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel with a very faint tropical presence. The malt backbone is also stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and an overly grainy graham cracker presence. Toward the end of the palate the beer is almost all booze. Kind of all over the place an very disappointing.
I have heard very good things about this beer and was really looking forward to it but it was an enormous let down. I’m gong to be trying it again on draft in a few days and will update my review if my opinion changes.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting). Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is citrus and some dank hops. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter, but smooth. Pretty good stuff.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Hazy amber-peach colored pour with a great white head. The nose holds notes of sweet caramel, pine resin, and sappy evergreen. The flavor holds more evergreen proliferation with big sweet sappy resin, and nectar fruit in the form of mandarin and fruit cocktail. A big hoss of a beer for sure. The body is thick, sweet, and sappy with low carbonation and a resinous finish. About as dry as you can get a beer this huge.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead.
Appearance : Hazy yellow with a medium creamy head. Very creamy.
Aroma : Huge leafy hops, nice citrusy and piny. Very fruity; mangos and passion fruits.
Taste : Leafy fresh hops. Piny and very fruity. Finish is very fruity and quite bitter.
Overall : Wow. Very nice DIPA. Along the lines of PtE and Heady Topper. Very fresh and very hoppy.
holdenn (2091) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours an orange amber with a thin head. Super fresh nose: fresh hops citrus and dough. Super fresh hop notes with the doughy sweetness is the sign of an excellent IIPA. Bitter citrus dough flavors lots of bitter bitter hops. Lots of citrus pine and super solid. Super bitter but excellent with that doughy malt. Love it. 9/4/8/4/17
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing aroma of tropical fruits – mango, mostly. Intensely hoppy flavor; prickly on the tongue with massive pine and pineapple flavors.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at the Barcade Phila anniversary. Aroma of sweet citrus and slight resin. Pours hazy peach with little head. Taste is very juicy with orange peel, grapefruit, and slight resin. Easy to drink and everything I like in an IPA.
mikem409 (1849) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Ernie. Pours orange with sold head.big citrus aroma taste match so fruity juicy abv well hidden
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap: fruity, sweet malts. piney hops, prickly carbonation with a warming booze finish. Nice candied fruits and sticky hops. yum.
cpetrone84 (1705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is hazy bright golden amber with tons of egg white head leaving a thick lacing. The nose is pungent, light clean grain, dusty, strong tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit behind. Taste also has nice balance with huge hop punch. The grain is up front, clean and lightly dusty. Hops surround with a creamy dough and more tropical fruit. Plenty of mango and fuzzy peach with a grapefruit hit in back and crisp bitterness with little lingering effect. Body is light, a touch creamy mid palate, softer carbonation in the finish.